There is a mistaken belief going around, which isn’t based in any sort of scientific study, that if you work out the muscles around unwanted fat, the fat will disappear. The reality is that working out muscles in a specific area does nothing more in that area than build those muscles. Building muscles in an area can make it look leaner, but it won’t get rid of the fat. The reality is that you have to burn fat off in whatever order your genetic disposition burns off fat. For most of us, the stomach isn’t the first place where we lose fat. The good news is that if you go about burning fat, it will eventually help you lose the stomach fat – guaranteed!
The reason this is important is the abdominal muscles are really rather small muscles that are not intended to be large or perform major tasks. Thus, when you work them out, no matter how painful it is, you don’t burn as many calories as you burn when you work out major muscle groups such as your legs, arms, and buttocks. Thus, a total body workout will help you replace your belly fat with abdominal muscles much faster than an abdominal workout.
So, next we need to get down to some practical ways you can burn calories really fast using these larger muscles. A good rule of thumb is that compound exercises, those that work out several muscle groups at once, burn more calories than simple muscle exercises. Some samples of popular workouts you will find machines for at the local gym that will burn calories very quickly are mountain climbers, dead lifts, clean and press, squats, and lunges.
The next thing to realize is that your digestive tract can gather in processed foods calories much faster than you could ever burn the calories with exercise. So you have to work on cutting down on processed foods in favor of high fiber foods such as vegetables and fruits. Don’t juice your fruits and veggies or you will find yourself eating too much.
Finally, we did sort of infer in the title that we would show off your abdominal muscles after you lose your belly fat. Of course, to make abdominal muscles appear as the fat disappears, you will have to work out your abdominal muscles. However, there is no point in doing this until your belly fat is getting low enough for muscles to peak through. To build up your abdominal muscles you can add in planks, bicycle crunches, and spiderman pushups at your gym as you get close to your belly fat goals.